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Radicalism and Popular Protest in Britain 1790-1820

June 9, 2017
Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Nature Gallery
The Strand
Derby DE1 1BS
United Kingdom

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In the mid-twentieth century, with the emergence of social history, the tumultuous years of war, famine and unrest between 1790 and 1820 became central to debates about the history of modern Britain. This was, it was argued, the era in which the working class was ‘made’. This conference will examine how several revolutions – historiographical, technological and pedagogical – have changed our understanding of this period. Is class still seen as crucial, and if so, how is it understood? How have different approaches, such as the spatial, material and visual turns affected the ways in which protest is explored? How do today’s students respond to the history of radicalism and how – and where – is it taught? Do the protest movements of this period still capture the public imagination?

This academic conference coincides with a number of activities in Derbyshire and across the East Midlands to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the Pentrich Uprising of June 1817, described by E.P. Thompson as ‘one of the first attempts in history to mount a wholly proletarian insurrection, without middle class support’.

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Professor Malcolm Chase, University of Leeds. Most recently the author of 1820: Disorder and Stability in the United Kingdom (Manchester University Press, 2013).

Emeritus Professor Carolyn Steedman, FBA, University of Warwick. Most recently the author of An Everyday Life of the English Working Class (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Please visit our website for the full schedule of speakers and to register.

The conference will be held at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, with refreshments provided throughout the day. There is a conference fee of £25 or £10 or students/unwaged. We are grateful to the Society for the Study of Labour History for support to subsidise the cost of this conference.

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May 26, 2017, 9:00am BST

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